Global Studies (minor)

What you will study

The program starts with an introductory course in global studies, in which the basic concepts and issues of global culture, international economics, and international politics are covered. After the introductory course, you begin taking courses from the various disciplines that are part of the global studies program: economics, geography, history, and political science. You then bring together the perspectives, concepts, and issues from these various courses in the Global Studies Senior Seminar, taken during your final year.

All students who major in global studies are required to pass two semesters of a foreign language. You then have the choice of taking a second year of that language or two courses in behavioral science research methods (BSC-255, Behavioral Science Research Methods, and BSC-256, Probability and  Statistics). Global studies students are expected to develop an ability to learn about the world on their own. Language skills and research skills are a way for you to do this, and you are given a choice between focusing on language skills and balancing between research and language skills.

All global studies majors take two semesters of a foreign language and participate in an immersion experience in another culture, either here in the United States or abroad.

Global Studies Support Beginning
GLS-200Introduction to Global Studies3
MGT-210Economic Environment3
Global Studies Support Intermediate
GLS-330United Nations & the World4
GLS-370World Geography: People, Places & Change3
Take one from the following:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
International Economics
Global Studies Support Advanced
GLS-410Comparative Politics4
GLS-475Global Studies Senior Seminar2

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.